With this trip, I wanted to get as far away from my house, my job, Peterborough as my budget would allow.
My budget allowed for Warsaw. I got the flights and accommodation for just under £87. A no brainer so I booked it. I spent a full 7 days here. I love Poland. It is such a beautiful country.
The trip out was pretty uneventful. Mundane in fact. The trip back: well, that was far from uneventful or mundane!
I decided to have a quick look at the news before I had to leave the hostel. I was not liking what I was reading. There had been a lightning strike at the airport affecting delivery of aviation fuel. You can read the story here.
I decided to do some checking of WMI and STN airport departure/arrival boards and saw that the flight I was on was cancelled. Surprisingly enough, the flight before mine and the flight after mine were just fine.
I decided to call Ryanair and I got nowhere. The agent on the phone said to go to the airport as the flight was not cancelled. I argued with them about what I had seen and he said it was still flying and to go.
I listened and headed to the centre of Warsaw to pick up the bus. As I was on the tram, I got the below:
I can’t even tell you how stressed I started to feel. I got the message at 10:25 and I was due to fly in less than 5 hours. I got back on the phone and told them of the options they had to provide me and they were less than helpful again. I was frantically trying to get hold of my boss to make him aware of the issue and that I wouldn’t be able to be back in time for my shift. There was talk of me being stranded for 2 extra days.
Stressed is an understatement.
I got to the airport and had to wait 30 minutes to speak with someone to re-route me and another 60 minutes to get someone to find me a hotel. Find me a hotel they did.
What they didn’t tell me was that it was 10 miles away from the airport and in the middle of nowhere.
Now don’t get me wrong, the room was nicer than the hostel and the dinner they provided was nice too. I wasn’t fond of the 5:30 pick up though.
I got back to the airport and had to argue for a meal voucher for breakfast. What a load of rubbish that was too. This is what they provided me:
It was for a measly £3.50 or €5.00 and could only be used in a coffee shop after security. It was enough to get me 3 bottles of water and that was it.
I finally boarded and got to Athens and sat twiddling my thumbs for what I was hoping was 3 hours but it turned in to 4.5 hours. I finally boarded and headed to Stansted.
I was so glad when I landed on home turf. I missed the last train to Peterborough and had to have a friend pick me up from Cambridge station. I was so glad to get back home to bed.
2:30 flight time